It may sound like a chore, and it will certainly take a substantial amount of work. But it's also a unique opportunity that can make a difference at decision time. Admissions committees put the most weight on your high school grades and your test scores . However, selective colleges receive applications from many worthy students with similar scores and grades—too many to admit. So they use your essay, along with your letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities , to find out what sets you apart from the other talented candidates.
Writing the college essay takes time and effort, and you should feel accomplished. When you submit your essay, remember to include your name, contact information, and ID number if your college provided one, especially if you send it to a general admission e-mail account. Nothing is worse than trying to match an application essay with no name (or, worse, an e-mail address such as [email protected]) to a file. Make sure to keep copies of what you sent to which schools and when—and follow up on them! Be certain the college or university you are applying to received your essay. You don’t want all that hard work to go to waste!
A college essay is the time to explain more about you and your life. This can be done by writing about a favorite activity, telling a story that you experience, or make up a story to show your even more creative side. Whatever you decide to write about make sure you start by drawing the reader in right away. Then it’s up to you to continue building upon this momentum like your building a skyscraper one floor at a time. Then remember to express an overall positive message on your essay. This is a good way to leave the reader with having a positive light on you personally .